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A Mural For Montrose

Submitted by Chris Lathrop

A new mural will soon grace a Montrose building. Church Street Marketplace and Slanted Art are well into the production stages of a mural to be installed on the South side of the Church Street Marketplace building, formerly Lee's Furniture Store.

The mural will measure 14.5 feet by 27 feet and will be a genuine tile mosaic! A small group of artists have been working on the concept and are ready to begin installation. The mural will feature the Church Street Marketplace tree logo with all the various interests in the building represented.

The public is invited to be a part of this exciting project by purchasing a personalized tile to be placed at the bottom portion of the mural. The tile will be six inches by 12 inches and will have the donors name (or preferred message) hand painted and fired onto the tile.

Although the artists are donating their time, there are many costs associated with a project such as this. The Montrose Lions Club has graciously awarded a $500 grant as a start-up. Thank you Lions! Donations are requested and those over $25 will be eligible for a personalized tile. Of course donations of any size are most welcome.

In addition to the mural project, Church Street Marketplace is looking to update the building by adding new windows on the second floor and/or painting the exterior. This is an opportunity to invest in your town in a positive way.

For more information and to purchase your tile and/or make a donation, call Slanted Art at 570-243-1075 or stop in at 158 Church Street, Montrose, PA.

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Beta Rho Enjoys 25 Years Of Service

Submitted by Cindy Reynolds

Agnes Massacesi, a retired teacher in the Tunkhannock Area School District and member of the Beta Rho Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG), was recently recognized by the chapter. Agnes was inducted into the Society as an active member in 1997. During her twenty-five years of membership, Agnes has served as the president, first vice-president, parliamentarian, program chairman, nominating chairman and the professional affairs/US Forum chairman.

Because of some health issues, Agnes was unable to attend the regular chapter meetings in October and December to receive her pin. After her recovery, she recently met with Karen Voigt, President Pat Carpenter and Cindy Reynolds at the home of Teresa Cavalier in Tunkhannock. The presentation of her 25 years of membership was made by chapter membership chairman Karen Voigt with a brief overview of Agnes' membership involvement during her years of membership.

Following the pin presentation, the group looked over a variety of crafts which Teresa has done. The chapter is planning to host a table of crafts for sale at "Christmas in Montrose," December 2, 2023. The funds will be used to support its chapter's goal to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Samples of the crafts will be presented at the March meeting by Projects Chairman Peggy Walker as examples of ideas of crafts to make and sell. Teresa has generously volunteered to host a craft-making day at her home in the spring.

Teresa then served a lovely lunch and the six chapter members enjoyed sharing conversation.

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Remember The Fallen With A Fresh Wreath

Each year, millions of Americans come together to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom. This gathering of volunteers and patriots takes place in local, state and national cemeteries in all 50 states - most recently at 3,702 participating locations - as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. Each year, a new theme is chosen to help volunteers and supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities. Today, the national nonprofit announces the theme for 2023 is "Serve and Succeed."

The inspiration for this year's theme came while discussing the significance of 2022's theme, which was "Find a Way to Serve," and the need to continue to stress the importance of service and the positive ways it can impact lives. Wreaths Across America plans to focus on the storylines of veterans and military families who have found success through their own service, while also highlighting local volunteers across the country and the success that comes from serving their communities. The organization will continue its commitment to supporting and bringing attention to the needs of our veteran community while also showcasing the continued contributions of those who serve.

"There are many ways to serve your community and country, and just as many definitions of success," said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. "We hope through focusing on those stories of success we will help change the dialogue around what it means to serve your country."

In 2022, more than 2.7 million veterans' wreaths were placed by volunteers on headstones at 3,702 participating locations around the country in honor of the service and sacrifices made for our freedoms, with each name said out loud. Wreaths Across America volunteers work year-round to ensure military laid to rest are remembered, their families and living veterans are honored, and the next generation is taught about the value of freedom.

This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 16, 2023. It is a free event and open to all people. For more information on how to volunteer locally or sponsor a wreath for an American hero, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. To follow stories throughout the year from across the country focused on this theme, please use the hashtag #ServeAndSucceed.

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